Thursday: 17th January, 2019
Reference text: Mark 1:40-45
Mark 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
When a young child goes to make a request from their parents, they do so expecting one answer: YES. This is based on knowledge of their parents desire to get them what they ask for. So the question to ponder on today is this: What is the state of our mind when we pray? A state of certainty, partial expectation or confident assurance?
The leper in today’s Gospel approached Jesus entirely relinquishing his healing as a choice to be made on his behalf: if you want, you can make me clean. And indeed, Jesus wanted to. We can accept his stance from the age in which that request was made, but in our days, our attitudes towards prayer ought to be different. We now make requests from a position of belonging, a place of direct relationship with God.
It is a place that affords us the possibility of having no doubt when in prayer, but be expectant from the very moment a word of prayer departs our lips. Sadly, many still seem to live in the days of old where the question of if God really wants to answer our prayers is asked. Beloved, not only does He want to hear our requests, He wants to do as we ask Him. Our hearts therefore have to be positioned at a place that reminds us of the confident assurance we have with God when we go before him in prayer.